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Old Feb 6th, 2008, 11:34 PM   #16
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I'm not sure. She is only 17 and I got the feeling of her having this natural hitting ability. She hits so clean and although she's not the fastest she was able to place the ball decently when running.
That reminded me a lot of Davenport.
What's her next tournament?
Antwerp, then Doha and Dubai.
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Old Feb 6th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #17
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Like 40 players will be top 20 at November
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Old Feb 7th, 2008, 03:35 AM   #19
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is she hot?
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Six ITF titles, and lots of winning streaks. She is only 17 so she is definitley one to watch out for I think!
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Re: Watch out for Petra Kvitova

I think she'll get around Top 30 by early next year. She has a good game but lack of tactics and intelligence, but maybe her game will develop over the year/s.
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Re: Watch out for Petra Kvitova

I'm not talking about Kvitova here but...


People keep saying some players are ballbasher but how many ballbasher climb very quickly in the rankings in their young ages? A lot.

I'm sick to hear "She can't volley, she doesn't slice..."
Only 2 or 3 top players know how to volley or have a correct slice.

It doesn't change anything in the women's game if you want to be at the top.To be number one? Yes.To be in the top 10 or even top 5? No.
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I think she'll get around Top 30 by early next year. She has a good game but lack of tactics and intelligence, but maybe her game will develop over the year/s.
People kept saying that about Sharapova too.
Look where she is now and she still can't slice and volley (except for the AO where she started to improve on her volleys I think)
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she is the new Zakopalova.
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Re: Watch out for Petra Kvitova

She has Davenport's kind of movement.
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She has Davenport's kind of movement.
but she also has her gamestyle and that is damn effective as we all know
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People keep saying some players are ballbasher but how many ballbasher climb very quickly in the rankings in their young ages? A lot.

I'm sick to hear "She can't volley, she doesn't slice..."
Only 2 or 3 top players know how to volley or have a correct slice.

It doesn't change anything in the women's game if you want to be at the top.To be number one? Yes.To be in the top 10 or even top 5? No.
No way a "mindless ballbasher" can reach top5. Those ones who do, have many more weapons in addition to power. The top100 is already full of "ballbashers", and their number will further increase in the future. In few years time virtually everyone out of the top 50 will be able to "bash" the ball and serve hard. Long forgotten skills will be needed again to make the difference. As it happened in men's tennis a decade ago.
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I'm not talking about Kvitova here but...


People keep saying some players are ballbasher but how many ballbasher climb very quickly in the rankings in their young ages? A lot.

I'm sick to hear "She can't volley, she doesn't slice..."
Only 2 or 3 top players know how to volley or have a correct slice.

It doesn't change anything in the women's game if you want to be at the top.To be number one? Yes.To be in the top 10 or even top 5? No.
Take a look at the current Top-10.
Henin - mindless ballbasher? NO
Ivanovic - mindless ballbasher? Not anymore
Kuznetsova - mindless ballbasher? NO
Jankovic - mindless ballbasher? NO
Sharapova - mindless ballbasher? NO
Venus - mindless ballbasher? NO
Chakvetadze - mindless ballbasher? NO
Hantuchova - mindless ballbasher? NO
Bartoli - mindless ballbasher? NO
Serena - mindless ballbasher? NO

I can't even think of any former top-tenner in the last 5 years who was a mindless ballbasher. Pierce, Davenport, Mauresmo, Clijsters, Capriati, Myskina, Seles, Dementieva, Petrova, Zvonareva... Who?
Even Vaidisova doesn't fall into this category.

As for true mindless ballbashers such as Sprem, Na Li, Rezai, Mirza, guess what? They have never reached Top-10.
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Re: Watch out for Petra Kvitova

did I use the word "mindless"? No.

Even the ballbasher uses tactics with its own game.The difference between the good ballbasher in the top 10 and the others, it's that the good ballbasher has more solid bakground and can be consistent during its efforts.It means a better physic and a better mental, that's all.

I didn't say that it helps them to stay at the level, but it definitively helps to get to the top rapidly.

That was my point, and that's why you see a lot of young player, or ballbasher which increase their rankings rapidly.

You can be Top5 without having to use slice or do a correct volley.Just look at Sharapova in 2005-2006, still today she has problems with that.Just look at Ivanovic right now (playing a grand slam final at Ao and being beaten because she can't find no solution and has no game when her forehand falls down.Just look at Vaidisova when she was top 10 (and I'm a fan of her!).Just look at Bartoli...

And you don't even read me correctly because I said that the only player which was able to slice, have a good volley and can use variation was Henin, and that's why she's number one right now.
*I will not forget Jankovic and Kuznetsova also, but unfortunely, they don't have the mental for the moment.


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The top100 is already full of "ballbashers", and their number will further increase in the future. In few years time virtually everyone out of the top 50 will be able to "bash" the ball and serve hard. Long forgotten skills will be needed again to make the difference. As it happened in men's tennis a decade ago.
I didn't say the contrary.I agree with that, it will change maybe in the future.But it will be all about fitness if the change happens, and we know how womens are bad about that (You can see a girl like Bartoli being top 10 with a shitty physic).I really hope.
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